Canada: Down the Drain

Environment   Nov 6, 2017 by Mitra Morgan
  • What types of things went down your sink?

Water, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, some hair

  • Estimate the volume of liquids that went down the drain? Did you include a way to measure how much liquid went down?

I did not include a way to measure the amount of liquid that went down my sink drain, I would estimate around 20 gallons worth.

  • Think back to your water filtration activity or learn more with water sanitation resources.
    • What are the impacts of greywater that goes down the drain? How much clean drinkable water goes down the drain each day?

Depending on what you pour down the drain, greywater can persist through water treatments and, when returned to nature, adversely affect the animals and plants living in or near the water. As for how much drinkable water goes down the drain each day, we try to limit the amount as much as we can, but some does still end up down the drain. I would estimate only 1 or two litres worth.

  • What is one thing that you can change to reduce water waste?

I can stop running the water for a minute before drinking it in an effort to get it cold and simply refrigerate it instead.

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3 Comment(s)

Nov 20, 2017

Great blog post, I really do agree that we should stop wasting water drinkable water and you really do have a great method. What do you think can be done politically?

Rebecca Jin
Nov 12, 2017

Your solution to reducing water waste works for me too! I didn't think of that until I read your post

Sarah Flynn
Nov 9, 2017

Great comments and thoughts. You mention refrigerating water, instead of running the tap on cold. I just realized that I do the same in my home. I wonder how much water in a year gets wasted through this trivial waiting for ideal drinking temp? Who do you think is the largest water user/polluter in your family? Do you thin it would be hard to change their water use habits?

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